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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:

 

CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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June 27, 2016  

Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications

The Active Transportation Alliance announced the second round of the Healthy HotSpot planning assistance program, which provides assistance to suburban Cook County communities to develop active... Read More About Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications
June 27, 2016  

CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health, as part of its "Making Healthy Living Easier" initiative, has produced the Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE... Read More About CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool
June 20, 2016  

Studies examine the impact of walkability on heart health

Two studies in the American Heart Association's journal "Circulation" suggest that neighborhood walkability is related to heart health and underscore the built environment's capacity for... Read More About Studies examine the impact of walkability on heart health
June 20, 2016  

Study examines the risk of road crash mortality for wheelchair users

A study in the BMJ Open Journal presents the findings of Georgetown University researchers seeking to quantify and describe the risk of fatal pedestrian crashes among persons using wheelchairs... Read More About Study examines the risk of road crash mortality for wheelchair users
June 14, 2016  

Oregon DOT explores designs to increase the safety of right turns and bicycles

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report quantifying the safety performance of alternative traffic controls and design strategies to mitigate right-turning... Read More About Oregon DOT explores designs to increase the safety of right turns and bicycles
June 14, 2016  

US DOT releases Transportation and Health Tool

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have produced the Transportation and Health Tool , which was developed for planners, health... Read More About US DOT releases Transportation and Health Tool
June 6, 2016  

AARP publishes a livability index

AARP has produced a Livability Index , which scores addresses, neighborhoods, cities, and states across the U.S. for the services and amenities that can most impact livability. Each of... Read More About AARP publishes a livability index
June 6, 2016  

Massachusetts DOT releases separated bike lane guide

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has published planning and design guide for separated bike lanes , which  focuses on constructed, curb-separated lanes, also called cycle... Read More About Massachusetts DOT releases separated bike lane guide
May 31, 2016  

Salt Lake City completes protected intersection

According to Streetsblog USA , Salt Lake City has completed and opened the country's second (after one in Davis, CA) protected, or "Dutch-style," intersection.  The intersection uses green... Read More About Salt Lake City completes protected intersection
May 31, 2016  

New report analyzes a decade of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program

A new report from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) examines the accomplishments of the SRTS Program over the 10 year period since it was enacted under the Safe,... Read More About New report analyzes a decade of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities…leading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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